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Hemp’s May 17th Presentation Will Range from John Steinbeck to The Western Flyer

Harbor History Museum invites the community to enjoy a unique and engaging presentation with Cannery Row historian, founder and president emeritus of the Cannery Row Foundation, Michael Hemp.

kemp hhm“CONJUNCTION: The Emerging Connection of Cannery Row, the historic Pacific Northwest, John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of the Western Flyer" is an exclusive archival photo presentation that will take place Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. This presentation is free for Harbor History Museum members and $5.00 for non-members.

America's pioneering marine biologist Ed Ricketts co-authored the 1939 text Between Pacific Tides with Jack Calvin. The book is still often used by marine biology students along with John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez, inspired by Ricketts and his work.  It was the kneeling photo of Ed Ricketts from the Pat Hathaway Collection at California Views that inspired Michael Hemp to research the maritime, literary, and ecological connection between Monterey’s Cannery Row and the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Since 1983, Michael Hemp and The History Company have been a major source of historical research on author John Steinbeck's world-famous Cannery Row literature and the ecological fame of Ed Ricketts. Hemp now turns his focus to Pacific Northwest historical research, exploration, and celebration of the emerging discoveries that connect Cannery Row and the Pacific Northwest in many unexpected and meaningful ways.

Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Questions and inquiries may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at